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How to Make a Bagels and Lox Spread

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This bagels and lox makes for a fun, easy, and totally delicious brunch or breakfast spread! Put out the bagels and lox and toppings and let everyone make their own. Like my breakfast charcuterie board, this bagel board can be as simple or as extra as you want it to be. And if you have leftover lox, try my smoked salmon dip or smoked salmon sandwich next time. It’s the perfect meal for Sunday brunch or slow weekend mornings.

While I love how fresh and bright lox and bagels are, my other breakfast sandwiches (bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwiches and steak and egg bagel sandwiches) are also a delicious and satisfying start to your day.

bagels and lox with cucumber and tomato

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What are Bagels and Lox?

A traditional lox and bagel recipe consists of the bagel, cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers.

This recipe is set up as a DIY salmon lox bagel bar. Put everything out on a large platter and let your guests build their own lox sandwiches. It’s great for brunch, baby showers, parties, or holidays. If it’s just you, you can keep it more basic.

What You’ll Love About Bagels and Lox

  • Quick and easy
  • Looks gorgeous as a spread
  • Perfect for brunch or holidays
  • Satisfying and delicious meal
  • DIY so everyone can make their own
  • Made with fresh ingredients
  • Zero cooking required

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  • Fresh bagels – Savory bagels work best: plain, sesame, poppyseed, everything, onion…the possibilities are endless, choose your favorite and get the best bagel you can.
  • Lox – Lox is a cold-smoked salmon and some stores will have many varieties of lox, others will have a limited amount. Some popular varieties are nova lox, gravlax, lox, and hot-smoked salmon (kippered salmon).
  • Cream cheese – You can use different cream cheese flavors. Plain cream cheese, garlic herb, and veggie work well, but really most savory cream cheese flavors will be delicious. Put the spreads out in a small bowl or dish.
  • Toppings – See the whole list below for fresh additions
  • Garnish – Black pepper, fresh herbs, capers, everything bagel seasoning
Ingredients to make bagel and lox spread

Lox Bagel Sandwich Topping Ideas

Salmon bagel toppings can be as minimal or as extra as you like:

  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced radishes
  • Sprouts
  • Lettuce or arugula
  • Fresh dill
  • Capers
  • Everything bagel seasoning

How to Make Lox and Bagels

This is an overview on how to make bagels and lox, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Pick your bagel. Choose your favorites and make sure you’ve got sliced bagels before you put them out. If you prefer a toasted bagel, toast it now!
Add cream cheese. Spread with cream cheese. (I like a thick layer, but you do you!)
Add toppings. Top with slices of lox and any other desired toppings. Fresh cucumber, tomato, thin slices of red onions, and briny capers are a must for me!
Eat! You can serve it as a sandwich or open-face. (I think an open-faced sandwich is superior as it’s easier to eat and there is more room for toppings!)


What goes on a lox bagel?

A traditional lox and cream cheese bagel consists of a bagel, cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers.

Sam’s on Sunset (our neighborhood bagel spot in LA) serves it as a platter so you can make your own and it comes with a bagel, lox, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, capers, pickles, and lemon.

How much lox per bagel?

Wondering how much smoked salmon per bagel? A good estimate is at least 4-6 ounces of lox per person.

Is a lox bagel healthy?

Yes! Unless you don’t eat bagels. Or salmon.

All kidding aside, I considered bagels a “bad food” for far too long, which is why I tend to answer these questions with a joke. It makes a filling and delicious breakfast or lunch!

Is it ok to eat lox while pregnant?

The recommendation is to skip smoked salmon and lox while pregnant – check with your Doctor.

Where did the lox bagel originate?

New York! Lox came from Scandanavia, the lox is a Yiddish word for salmon and bagels originated in China and were refined in Italy, but putting them together was thought to happen in New York. The exact timing is unknown, but the term lox and bagels was already known in the 1950s. (Source)

How to Order a Lox Bagel

If you want to order a lox cream cheese bagel at a bagel shop, look for it on the menu! Some bagel shops serve it as a sandwich, and others serve it as a platter.

Either way, you can request your preferred bagel, cream cheese, lox, and toppings. It makes for a great breakfast any time of day.

Storage Instructions

Bagels and lox are best fresh, though they’ll last a few hours if you need to take it on the go with you.

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This easy bagels and lox spread is perfect for brunch parties! Put everything out and let everyone build their perfect bagel sandwich.


  • high-quality bagels
  • cream cheese
  • salmon lox (cold smoked salmon)
  • fresh toppings: cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, avocado


  1. Slice bagel and spread with cream cheese. 
  2. Top with cream cheese, lox, and desired toppings. 


  • See the post above for lots of ideas on toppings and suggestions for bagel and cream cheese varieties)
  • Nutrition facts are an estimate as calorie amounts in bagels will vary greatly. (And all calorie counts are estimates!) 

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    We put this spread out for friends on our charcuterie board. It was perfect for me the hostess ~ my work was done. I could enjoy our guests, the lox & bagels were attractive and satisfied everyone and all I had to do was keep the coffee brewing. Thanks Emily.